Beyond One's Attitude Toward the Self: The Role of Social Anxiety in Self-Stigma among Individuals with Schizophrenia

Adi Lavi-Rotenberg, Noa Frishman, Libby Igra, Eva Gilboa-Schechtman, Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon

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Self-stigma is associated with a variety of negative self-perceptions among people coping with schizophrenia, as well as with different aspects of social behaviors. We explored the associations between self-compassion, self-esteem, social anxiety, and self-stigma among people coping with schizophrenia. The baseline data of 56 adults with schizophrenia who were enrolled in a Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy trial were used. Participants filled out self-report questionnaires measuring self-compassion, self-esteem, social anxiety, and self-stigma. Self-esteem and self-compassion were negatively correlated with self-stigma and social anxiety. Self-compassion was not found to contribute beyond self-esteem to the prediction of self-stigma. Importantly, self-esteem and social anxiety were found to mediate the effects of self-compassion on self-stigma. Thus, it seems that social variables, in addition to self-variables, may lead to the formation of self-stigma among people with schizophrenia. Therefore, alongside addressing self-esteem and self-compassion, integrating therapeutic elements related to coping with social anxiety into interventions would seem to be an important factor in reducing self-stigma among people with serious mental illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024

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  • Schizophrenia
  • self-compassion
  • self-esteem
  • self-stigma
  • social anxiety


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